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Deuel, Herbert, 1844-1928


Biographical Note

Herbert Deuel (1844-1928) served with the 17th Regiment ("Stonewall Regiment"), Michigan Infantry. After "a ball plunked [him] on the head and shoulders" in May of 1864 during skirmishes at the Battle of Spottsylvania, he was sent to a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for treatment. Following a furlough, he seems to have returned to the hospital and was given clerk's job, on account of his ability to write. Although he cites several instances where he thought he would return to his regiment, he never did. He worked at the Citizen's Hospital in Philadelphia for almost year. The hospital closed to patients in May of 1865, but Deuel's work continued until his discharge on August 9, 1865. He did not return to return to Michigan before January 1866 (when his second diary ceases).

Deuel is buried in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, Pennsylvania, alongside several family members.

External source: "Herbert Deuel" entry,,, accessed February 7, 2023.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Herbert Deuel Civil War Collection

Identifier: Ms-1999-004

The Herbert Deuel Civil War Collection contains two of Deuel's Civil War diaries (1864-1866), artifacts from battlefield sites including Bull Run and Petersburg, and printed ephemera.

Dates: 1864-1866, n.d.